Voice of the Fugitive

Voice of the Fugitive

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In the 1850s, Canada meant freedom for many escaped slaves, but the route known as the "underground railroad" was a dangerous one at the best of times. This drama tells the story of one group travelling the perilous route. It tells, too, of the people who could be trusted to help, and of the trackers and their dogs, who could cut off the lifeline to the border suddenly and very cruelly.

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Credits
  • director
    René Bonnière
  • producer
    Maxine Samuels
  • executive producer
    Roman Kroitor
  • screenplay
    John Kent Harrison
  • camera
    Eugene Boyko
  • sound
    Claude Delorme
  • editing
    Barrie Howells
  • sound editing
    John Knight
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
  • music
    Sayyd
  • cast
    George Ashley
    Taborah Johnson
    Arleigh Peterson
    Dennis Picaud
    Chris Wiggins
    Jim Bearden
    Ruth Springford
    Dwayne McLean
    Tracey Connell
    Delroy Lindo
    Phyllis Marshall
    Amah Harris
    Jack Van Everra
    Ken James

  • GeorgeMcNeishFSCPP

    Very graphic. I have been writing about the hardships of the fugitive slaves, but this film highlighted some aspects I had overlooked. I am sure many a mother had given up her life so that her child could be free, but how is that child to cope knowing his mother paid such a dear price for his freedom. Still I would rather have been in the place of the mother or the child that to be one of the oppressors. Who knows what torment they will suffer in the life to come. I thought the music was appropriate. The beat of it mimicking how their hearts must have been racing as they ran from danger. The clashes of each downfall as members of the party were lost and the others were forced to go on without them. All the while the anticipation of freedom and the bitter sweet joy that would bring. The film was well thought out and showed many of the possible outcomes of running or aiding those who ran. I especially liked the scene with the trapper who, while keeping himself safe from the law expressed his contempt for the slave catcher.

    GeorgeMcNeishFSCPP, 5 Apr 2015
  • Dante

    Quite a good film, the only problem I had was the music, I found it way to upbeat for such a serious topic, especially right at the start of the film when they were being chased, I really found that music too upbeat, more like some great game they were all playing.

    Dante, 24 May 2013